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The Pearl by Mrs. Cadogan A Presentation of
Published The Pearl in 1947
Other notable works include:
The Grapes of Wrath 1939
Of Mice and Men 1937
East of Eden 1952
Born 1902 in Salinas, California, a costal farming area with a rich immigrant history
Won Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962 for “his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humor and keen social perception”.
Plot Summary The book tells the story of Kino, a young and impoverished pearl diver, who finds the ‘Pearl of the World’. Instead of bringing Kino and his family everything that their hearts desire, the pearl brings only violence, tragedy, and death.
Setting The setting of the Pearl is the in and around LaPaz, Mexico. LaPaz is coastal town on the Baja Peninsula. The Pearl takes place in the early 20th century, a time when colonial Mexico was dominated by Spain and significant social, economic and racial divisions.
Characters Kino, the protagonist – a young Mexican pearl diver. Kino takes responsibility as the provider for his family. When he finds the pearl, he dreams of how it can help them escape poverty. Juana, his dutiful wife. Juana’s prayers for good fortune are answered, but then she becomes convinced that the pearl is an agent of evil.
Additional Characters Coyotito, their infant son whose good health cannot be bought The Doctor, represents the racism of colonial governments. He views Kino and his family as little more than animals. The Priest, like the doctor, he has no time for poor villagers who cannot pay for his services.